7 Gifts from Outside of the Box

By / Food / December 12th, 2013 / 1

There are a plethora of gift idea lists online nowadays. They range from the ridiculous to the mundane. After scouring the internet for ideas, here are a few gift ideas for home owners that I think rise above the rest.

A Floral Scent

Not everyone has a green thumb. Which is where the Self-watering plant holders ($272) come in handy. Created by Vitamin, a design firm based in London, water is held in an “IV bag” over the pot and the water drips into the plant. Check here for local availability.

Alternatively, eclectic vases are a unique focal point for any room. Try the Ghost Vase ($73). Sold online by Generate Design, two etched acrylic pieces are connected to a simple glass vase.

Brighten a Room

Standard lighting can be boring. Everyone is looking for some way to introduce a visually stimulating as well as illuminating light source. Birdcage lighting by Roost Home Furnishing’s ($340 – $400) is available online through Houzz.

Decant and Enchant

Everyone thinks that wine lovers already have everything they need for wine. What they don’t usually have are eclectic conversation pieces that they can pull out at parties, like a Crumpled Decanter ($16.50). Created by Josef Flek’s, a Czech Republic glass designer, the twisted neck keeps every drop in the glass. Or the Rainman Carafes ($75), designed by Matilda Sundén Ringnér, which are available online through Deskstore, a Swedish online retailer.

Keeping Time

Find a vinyl record of your recipient’s favourite band in the form of a wall clock; try searching these vinyl record clocks on eBay.  If you’re looking for something more practical rather than decorate, you could true a DIY White Board Clock ($32), available on Etsy.

These are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. If none work, keep searching and remember to think outside the box.


A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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